When the moon becomes visible in the sky and the sun goes down "everyone goes to sleep . . . except for the watchful owl." His eyes appear to be saucer like against the backdrop of the full moon because it is his time to be alert and awake. He sits on a tree branch looking out at other creatures whose time it is to sleep. A koala baby snuggles to his mother's back as she holds onto a tree in the crook of a branch. They are safe and sound in their sleep. Other animals sound out in their sleep. The elephant's trunk goes up and down z z z and the owl can hear him as he flies overhead.
The owl's wise old eyes glance sidewards to watch as three giraffes sleep standing up. The owl travels through the night watching others as they rest. Some like the giant whale are on the move when they sleep. The tail moves and air comes out his blow hole. The owl stops briefly to watch the pigeons who sleep "with one eye open" z z z. And then there are others who "sleep with both eyes open . . . they don't even blink!" There are some who prefer to sleep alone, but if you look at the penguins they love to sleep "huddled close at night." In the morning when everyone wakes up guess who is fast asleep? "ZZZZZZZZ"
This is a beautifully illustrated book that is soothing, gentle and fun to read or browse. I enjoyed the little extra perk of trying to find the owl in each setting because sometimes he is tiny and hidden. Little hands will love to turn these pages and find the owl. The illustrations were beautifully done and will be especially appealing to the small child. This extremely engaging book would make an excellent one to read just before bedtime, especially if you have a rocking chair to cuddle up in with your little one!